On Thursday, January 22, 2015, we were honoured to have District Governor Barb Ennis back at our club to make a very special presentation to Lion Lyle Cathcart for his 63 years of unequalled service to our club. He was awarded the Divisional Club Footprint award as well as a special banner on behalf of Lions Clubs International President Joe Preston. Lyle has held almost every position in the club and has been an inspiration for us all. Lion Lyle is well know for his contributions to the community and can be seen helping out tirelessly at any and all BBQ’s held in the community. His energy and enthusiasm eclipses those who are half his age. Besides his commitment to the Lions, Lyle is also a Mason and a Shriner. Congratulations Lyle! And a sincere thank you for all that you do!
The initial idea of installing a “Free Little Library” in Annie Williams Park evolved when Bracebridge resident Jessica Tickle read an article about a similar idea in the US and approached the Annie Williams Park BOD to get their support. She then approached John Kerr from Back Yard Stuff chainsaw carving on Highway 11. His enthusiasm for the project was outstanding. He envisioned something much more permanent and artistic and offered his expertise and his relationships with chainsaw artists to create the sculpture that was installed today. Artist, Scott Rowe has done a fabulous job.
A small committee of interested neighbours quickly formed to help collect books and maintain the library. While digging the huge hole needed to prep the site, I asked our youngest committee member, Alex Quemby (11yrs old), why she wanted to get involved and she replied “I love reading and I think other kids my age do too! I can’t wait to trade good books with them”. In an era of computers and smart phones, I am enthused to hear that this Little Free Library is still of interest to a younger generation of readers.
The three service clubs supporting the Park, Rotary Club of Bracebridge, Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes & Bracebridge Lions Club are active participants in making this vision a reality. The Annie Williams Park Board will proceed with an official registration through the Little Free Library website (littlefreelibrary.org)
Throughout the project, everyone involved has shared the common goal of fostering neighbourhood relationships and giving back to our community.
The library will start with a focus toward books for children and young-adult readers but will blossom into whatever the community gives back to it.
The AWP BOD thanks the Bracebridge Lions CLub as well as the 2 Rotary Clubs for their support in making this worthy project a reality. Remember to think about our Little Free Library in the park after you finish a great book!
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